W. ROGER WEBB
Year Inducted: 2009W. Roger Webb is a native Oklahoman who graduated from Heavener High School, received a BA from Oklahoma State University and was awarded his juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma School of Law. Webb's professional career began in law enforcement where he was with the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety for twelve years from 1966 to 1978. Webb served as commissioner of public safety for the State of Oklahoma from 1974 to 1978.
Roger Webb's career in Higher Education began when he served as president of Northeastern State University in Tahlequah from 1978 to 1997. In July of 1997 W. Roger Webb became the nineteenth president of the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) in Edmond. Webb's commitment to law enforcement continues as he promotes education and professionalism in policing. Under his direction UCO has taken the lead in campus security programs and has implemented or expanded criminal justice curricula in criminal justice administration, forensic science, and, most recently created the Forensic Science Institute. President Webb was named to the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 1995. He has formally served as president and board chair of the Oklahoma Academy and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism.
Webb serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the National Consortium of Academics and Sports as well as the Board of Directors of Leadership Oklahoma, United Way, Governor's Campus Life and Safety and Security Task Force, Oklahoma River Chesapeake Boathouse Trust, Oklahoma Business Roundtable, Governor's International Roundtable, Edmond Chamber of Commerce and Mercy Hospital.